1367. Arboricola brunneipectus.
The Brown-breasted Hill-Partridge.
Arboricola brunneopectus, Tickell, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxiv, p. 276 (1855) ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 443 ; Hume, Cat. no. 824 ter ; Hume & Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 87, pl.; Bingham, S. F. ix, p. 195 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 216. Arborophila brunneopectus, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 449 ; Hume & Oates, S. F. iii, p. 174; Walden, Ibis, 1875, p. 459. Arboricola brunneipectus, Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 150; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 325; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 621; vii, p. 426; Oates, Jour. Bom. N. H. Soc. x, p. 112.
Coloration. Forehead and broad supercilia running back to the sides of the neck, cheeks, ear-coverts, and chin buff; lores, a line above and another beneath the eye, the two uniting and extending back above the ear-coverts to a large patch on the side of the neck, black ; crown olive-brown, the feathers tipped black, sometimes (in young birds ?) almost wholly black with brown bars; nape and sides of neck chiefly or wholly black, but divided from each other by the superciliary stripe ; back olivaceous brown, with rather broad and nearly straight black cross-bars; rump and upper tail-coverts the same, but the black bands are less numerous and have some pale bars intervening; scapulars, tertiaries, and wing-coverts paler brown, with black subterminal spots and broad chestnut tips ; quills dark brown, outer webs with mottled buff tips, those of the secondaries broadly edged and mottled with chestnut; tail olive with black mottling; throat and fore neck thinly clad with black-tipped buff feathers, the skin conspicuous between them ; breast brownish rufescent buff; middle of abdomen whitish, flanks greyer, each feather with a central round white spot and a black tip ; under tail-coverts buff with subterminal broad black spots. .
Bill black ; eyelids, patch behind the eye, and skin of the throat red ; iris dark brown ; legs lake-red ; claws orange (Oates).
Length about 11; tail 2.4; wing 5.5 ; tarsus 1.7; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The eastern spurs of the Pegu hills in evergreen forest, the ranges east of the Sitang from Karennee as far south as Tavoy, also the neighbourhood of the Ruby mines in Upper Burma.